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“Explanatory” talk in mathematics research papers

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posted on 08.12.2016 by Juan P. Mejia-Ramos, Matthew Inglis
In this paper we explore the ways in which mathematicians talk about explanation in their research papers. We analyze the use of the words explain/explanation (and various related words) in a large corpus of text containing research papers in both mathematics and physical sciences. We found that mathematicians do not frequently use this family of words and that their use is considerably more prevalent in physics papers than in mathematics papers. In particular, we found that physicists talk about explaining why disproportionately more often than mathematicians. We discuss some possible accounts for these differences.

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This project was funded by the British Academy.

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  • Science

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  • Mathematics Education Centre

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The XX Annual Conference on Research on Undergraduate Mathematics Education

Citation

MEJIA-RAMOS, J.P. and INGLIS, M., 2017. “Explanatory” talk in mathematics research papers. Presented at the Twentieth Annual Conference on Research on Undergraduate Mathematics Education, San Diego, February 23-25th.

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Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of American on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (SIGMAA on RUME)

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

01/11/2016

Publication date

2017

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This is a conference paper.

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en

Location

San Diego

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